As a supplement to helpful hands-on features such as a handrail in the bathtub and doorknobs that are easy to turn, you can take advantage of home automation that will help your loved one live a more independent life - whether it’s at an assisted center or in their own home. Here are the benefits of integrating home tech into your elderly loved one’s place of residence.
One of the clearest benefits of home automation is that countless tasks can be performed via tech devices rather than manually. For seniors who are prone to falls or have limited mobility, this can greatly reduce the risk of injury as well as frustration with basic tasks. Certain home automation apps allows you to control the lights, blinds, and thermostat just by touching a screen. You can also install motion sensor lights so that your aging loved one doesn’t have to risk traveling to the bathroom or kitchen in the dark.
Comfort is as much of a priority as safety. Thankfully, many of the apps that help elderly individuals accomplish tasks with fewer risks also help them fine-tune the environment to their wants and needs. As people age, they may feel chilly or cold more frequently due to a lowered metabolic rate. But a smart thermostat not only allows you to control your heating and air conditioning from your device; it can learn your schedule and preferences so that you no longer have to automatically adjust the temperature or even think about it. Certain models also come with occupancy sensors that tell the system to heat or cool occupied rooms—perfect for a senior living in a large house.
Home invasion and financial scams are prevalent concerns for seniors living in their own houses. An automated home security system can help you keep an eye on who is coming and going, alert you of suspicious activity, and allow you to lock or unlock doors remotely. Some systems also alert you of smoke, carbon monoxide, or extreme temperatures.
If your loved one spends time alone at his or her home or apartment, you may find yourself plagued by worries about loneliness or depression. But by opening lines of communication beyond a cell phone, you can put your mind at ease. Wireless sensors can track daily routines and alert you when something changes—for example, if your loved one is sedentary for longer than normal or is sleeping less. You can use apps to schedule reminders about medications or doctors appointments. With the right technology, some appointments can even be conducted remotely.
Additionally, voice command entertainment systems can help seniors stay up-to-date on news, weather, and programs that capture their interest.
For animal lovers, one of the challenges of aging is no longer being able to care for a beloved pet as easily. Thankfully, automated feeders, fountains, and doors can help elderly folks meet their pets’ needs when decreased mobility might ordinarily be a problem. Home tech can help you keep an eye on hired pet sitters, allow you to schedule reminders about pet care, and help protect pets from extreme temperatures and unwelcome guests.
Tech advances are changing seniors’ lives and the lives of their caregivers by allowing them to live more self-sufficiently, whether living on their own or in a senior living community. Don’t hesitate to contact a home automation expert if you feel out of your element; many of theses functions can be integrated into a single app or program, and you don’t want to miss an opportunity to simplify for the sake of your aging loved one.
Hannah West is the author of a young adult novel, Kingdom of Ash and Briars, debuting in fall 2016. Her freelance writing resume covers everything from addiction treatment to fashion, but she is especially passionate about her writing for Modernize.com with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living